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Sakai people

Sakai people
Orang Sakai
Total population
Regions with significant populations
Indonesia (Riau), Malaysia (Perak, Kedah, Pahang)
Sakai language
Animism, Islam, Christian
Related ethnic groups
Orang Asli, Malay people, Minangkabau people

Sakai is one of the tribes in Indonesia[1] who live in the interior of Riau, Sumatra. Sakai is a Minangkabau descent who migrated to the edge of Gasib River, upstream of Rokan River, Riau hinterland in the 14th century.[2] As with Kampar, Kuantan, and Indragiri people, Sakai is a community of Pagaruyung who migrated to the Riau mainland centuries ago. Most of the Sakai community living as a farmer. There are no definite data about the number of Sakai. Population data issued by the Ministry of Social Affairs Republic of Indonesia stated that the number of Sakai in Bengkalis Regency of 4,995 inhabitants.[3]

The Sakai people are also found in Perak, Kedah and Pahang of Malaysia.[4]


  1. ^ Abramson, Allen; Theodossopoulus, Dimitrios (2000-11-20). Land, Law and Environment: Mythical Land, Legal Boundaries. Pluto Press. pp. 177–.  
  2. ^ Suparlan, Parsudi (1993). Orang Sakai di Riau: Masyarakat Terasing dalam Masyarakat Indonesia. Jakarta: Yayasan Obor. p. 72. 
  3. ^ Suparlan, Parsudi (1993). Orang Sakai di Riau: Masyarakat Terasing dalam Masyarakat Indonesia. Jakarta: Yayasan Obor. p. 89. 
  4. ^ Nik Hassan Shuhaimi Nik Abdul Rahman (1998). The Encyclopedia of Malaysia: Early History, Volume 4. Archipelago Press.  
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